To talc or not to talc? 

“IARC classifies talc that contains asbestos as “carcinogenic to humans.”
Based on the lack of data from human studies and on limited data in lab animal studies, IARC classifies inhaled talc not containing asbestos as “not classifiable as to carcinogenicity in humans.”

Based on limited evidence from human studies of a link to ovarian cancer, IARC classifies the perineal (genital) use of talc-based body powder as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.””

This excerpt is from the American Cancer Society article in talc and its link to cancer. 

Yesterday I did an article where I reviewed baby powder and many moms came out stating they do not use it. A healthy conversation was had that prompted my research further into talc and the mysterious link to cancer. 

In the 1970’s talc it hat was used in personal care products contained asbestos which is a known carcinogen. This caused the talc and personal care powders to cause cancer.

 Cases like that of Ms. Breg, who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnsons & Johnsons baby powder between her legs for 30 years, highlighted the possible link between personal care products containing talc and cancer. The New York Times Article here states that talc particles had been found inside her tumor!  It travelled up genitourinary tract and lead to inflammation which could have possibly caused cancer. 

It is important to note the studies are limited and causation has not been established. As the Cancar society stated talc can be “possibly carcinogenic to humans”. 

If you wish to be safe avoid talc products, especially around your genitals. 

What’s talc products? 

From blush to eye shadow to facial powder contain talc. It is not only found in baby powder. If you are worried about cancer being linked to talc I suggest you closely examine all your products, keep researching new studies and findings and stay on the safe side. 

Some useful links. 

Safety cosmetics
The prairie land herbs
There are a host of articles out there. Remember research is still ongoing on asbestos free talc. The studies and findings will change. 


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